Al Manaal is sure to be popular but she beat little of note at Brighton and the handicapper has taken no chances with the Godolphin filly. Swift Cedar has only been raised a couple of pounds since winning at Newbury, however, and should go close again while Unknown Villain's latest run at Sandown was too bad to be true. HUNTING RIGHTS finished last in his first two runs this year but was much better at Haydock last week, where he would have finished closer had he not blown the start. He gets a tentative vote in this as he's probably on a decent mark nowadays and this trip might stretch Bold Prediction's stamina.
Al Manaal Evensfav (8-12) Raced keenly, made all, clear when shaken up over 1f out, unchallenged, won at Brighton 7f mdn auc stks (5) fm beating Crave (8-12) by 8l, 4 ran.
Bold Prediction (IRE) 20-1 (8-6) Close up, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 6l behind Azrur (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Unknown Villain (IRE) 16-1 (8-4) Raced wide in touch, ridden and headway over 3f out, weakened final furlong, 13th of 14, 15l behind Secret Art (8-8) at Sandown 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Swift Cedar (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, challenged and led narrowly inside final furlong, always just doing enough, won at Newbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd beating Secret Rebel (9-1) by hd, 10 ran.
Hunting Rights (USA) 17-2 (9-4) Raced wide tracked leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden to lead 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Ready (8-13) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Midnight Warrior 12-1 (9-2) Virtually sat down briefly as stalls opened, in rear, pushed along 3f out, hung right 2f out, ran on final 100 yards, never on terms, 6th of 9, 10l behind Naaz (8-11) at Redcar 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May.
Winged Icarus (USA) 8-1 (8-7) Dwelt pushed along to lead over 6f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 6th of 8, 10l behind Llaregyb (9-5) at Musselburgh 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.